Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
21 May 2021
“Letters and words”
There are many people living in this world. Obviously there are bound to be many languages in the world used by human beings to converse and communicate with each other.
Every human language is made up of letters in the alphabet and letters in the alphabet are as words. Since there are many languages in the world, there are bound to be many alphabets in many languages in the world.
The sound of a letter in language is different in every language. This implies that every letter in every language is a different sound from each other. Sounds of different letters in a language form a word.
This implies that every word in every language is made up of different sounds of letters. This further implies that this is the case of sound in every different language.
This signifies that the many languages in the world are an orchestra of sounds emitted by different instruments called human beings. This is similar to the orchestra of different sounds emitted through different living creatures.
Different musical instruments producing different sounds get played by different human beings in nature. Similarly, different sounds get played by nature through different living creatures and different human beings.
The mystery of human language is firstly, that there are many; secondly, every sound in nature does not appear as either letter or word. Only a particular sound in nature appears as different human languages.
Thirdly, a letter or a word in language is not heard by a human being. A human being hears only particular sounds in nature as a letter or word in a particular language in his or her mind.
Fourthly, language is not in nature. Language is only in the human mind. The human mind is in a human being and a human being is in nature. The human mind is not in nature.
Domesticated animals understand the sounds uttered by nature through human beings and instinctively respond to the sounds of nature. A human being interprets that animals understand human language.
This is the reason why human beings interpret what the animals are doing in nature and at home. Animals and domesticated animals live instinctively and do not understand that human beings interpret their living.
The enlightened accept nature as a whole.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2021
The harmony revealed by this article in the natural world is the gift of a wise man. The moment of the live birth of animate being contains its pathway in life towards enlightenment, if it is meant to be so. In wisdom, there is no higher or lower pathway, no stronger or weaker, no less intelligent or more intelligent, no more gifted or less gifted. Understanding the play of sound throughout nature is the birthright of every being.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator‘s Note:
As in Dr. Shankar's brilliant book "Evolution of Mind", the evolution of language is revealed in this article. Speech and instinct do not contradict each other. Rather, in the course of the evolution of humans, language is superimposed on the instinctive course of their earthly existence. Certain sounds evolve as letters and words, sentences, logic, reason, conclusions, and conditions that humans place on life and their fellow humans. The mind awoke ages ago as an illusion of sound and continues to evolve with increasing speed. What a mystery the highly developed everyday life of the modern human is! The use of technical wonders such as computers and smartphones, which efficiently connect individuals mentally, leads to an endless networking of the individual minds. Thus the illusion in the mind of each human evolves with increasing speed in the eternal moment further and further. The evolution of the mind just really picks up speed! In view of the accompanying fact that the mind is becoming more and more conditioned by conditions and hypnotized by beliefs, it is all the more important that the enlightened ones share with humanity the wisdom of the illusion of speech and thought, so that humans learn to live inwardly free with their highly evolved minds, firmly anchored in the timeless here and thoughtless now.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.